FG inaugurates national steering committees on food, nutrition security

May 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government through the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has inaugurated five National Steering Committees for donor funded projects being implemented under the Ministry to enhance food security, job creation, rural development and economic diversification. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony held at the Minister’s conference room in Abuja recently, the Minister stated that the Read More

Concerns about genetically modified foods in Nigeria

April 20, 2022 Gilbert Nnaji 0

With the Russia’s special military operation and conflict in Ukraine, there has been concerns of possible food shortage, likely to exacerbate the crises of hunger and starvation already made worst by the rising tide of insecurity that has considerably prevented farmers from optimizing their productivity. The looming food crisis or shortage, now set to be aggravated by the conflict in Read More

Getting the best from forest resources, rainy season

April 18, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

The quest for Nigeria towards self-sufficiency and food security requires deliberate efforts being put in place to achieve this. This range from getting the best from forest resources, maximising the raining season, and practising good irrigation system, among other suggestions. On forest resources, the experts have called for the formulation of pragmatic policies to guarantee continuous production to meet with Read More

‘Africa must use technology to fight food insecurity – NABDA

April 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, has insisted that Africa must make technology the focal point of its agricultural development as the continent fights to avert hunger. Africa presently faces the huge challenge of feeding it’s over one billion people in order to ensure food and nutritional security. Addressing press after Read More

Food security: Developing action plan for residue reduction in livestock products

February 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

Food security: Developing action plan for residue reduction in livestock products. Over the years, the federal government has been working on reducing drug residue in agricultural produce that are exported from Nigeria. In this piece, JOHN OBA, reports on developing a National Residues Monitoring Plan for honey and other livestock products. In the past couple of years, the Joint FAO/IAEA Read More

Food security: ActionAid harps on biennial review across board

February 2, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has called on the media to project the third biennial review accountability process instituted to help measure progress of the comprehensive African Agriculture Development programme implementation in the continent. The International Project Manager, Public Finance for Agriculture, AAN, Constance Okeke said it became necessary as the media needs to lead the drive to boost agriculture by putting Read More

Global food price index up 28% in 2021 – FAO

January 12, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

The prices of food reached a 10-year high in 2021, rising by an average of 28 per cent, the highest average level since 2011. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), in its Food Price Index, disclosed that despite a slight decline in December 2021, there was still an increase of 23.1 per cent in points recorded in December 2020. Read More

Food security: FG commissions Okuta dam in Kwara

January 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

The federal government has commissioned a 1.8 million cubic metres storage capacity Okuta Dam in Baruten local government area of Kwara state to feed at least 100 hectares of irrigation farm lands. The Minister of Agriculture, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this at the commissioning of the dam, a project office and some other completed projects in Ilorin, which ran from Read More

MBF to Buhari: Defeat terrorists, tackle food crisis in 2022

January 2, 2022 Agi Onda 0

Piqued by the grueling security challenges and food crisis in 2021, the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to decisively tackle Boko Haram/ISWAP menace as well as take actions that will guarantee food security for Nigerians. The Forum, in a New Year message signed by its National President, Dr Pogu Bitrus, Sunday, said year 2022 “is full Read More

Need to expedite action on Food Hygiene Bill

December 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

About two or so years ago, two eminent Nigerians expressed serious concerns over the delay in passing the Bill for an Act for the establishment of Nigerian Food Hygiene Inspection Council (NFHIC) now before the National Assembly. The Provost of the Nigeria Civil Defence Academy (NCDA), Sauka, Abuja, Prof. Ilyas Sarkin Duns, and the Director-General of Food Hygiene Initiative of Read More

FCTA – ARDS restates commitment to food security

December 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat in the FCT, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, has restated the commitment of the FCT administration to the attainment of food security. Abubakar made this assertion in Kuje area council at the start of his familiarisation tour of projects under the secretariat. He said FCT is blessed with rich abundant land and water resources which Read More

Food security: FG, IFAD-VCDP strategise on rural farmers’ access to finance

December 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The FGN/IFAD Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has organised a capacity building workshop on technical support to enable rural farmers to have access to credit facilities. The National Programme Coordinator, IFAD-VCDP, Alhaji Garba Bala, said the workshop was to provide technical assistance support to selected financial institutions and other value chain actors. Bala, who was represented by the National Rural Read More

Horticulturists and challenge of food security

November 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The society comprising several professionals from many organisations gathered in Ibadan recently to chat a new course on food security for the country. BAYO AGBOOLA reports on the meeting. Horticulturists from across Nigeria converged on the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, (CRIN) Ibadan, the Oyo state capital between November 15 to 17 for the 39th annual conference of Horticultural Society Read More

FCT: Youth involvement in Agric’ll guarantee food security – Official

October 20, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The acting secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Abubakar Ishaq Saddeq, has said that in the quest of the country to eliminate hunger and guarantee food security, it is pertinent to properly engage youth in Agriculture.He said this recently during an inspection visit to the FCT/Leventis Agricultural Training Cnentre, Yaba, in Abaji area council. He stated Read More

2021 World Food Day: Is Nigeria Food Secured?

October 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

In the first part of this article, last week, Food security was defined as a state in which food is quantitatively and qualitatively available, accessible, and affordable to meet the nutritional needs of the people over a given period. The levels of food insecurity range from mild, to medium, to severe and chronic depending on the three As; availability, accessibility, Read More

Rite Foods marks World Food Day with unique consumer brands

October 17, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Rite Foods, Nigeria’s leading food and beverage company, marks this year’s World Food Day with the commitment of providing consumers with its portfolio of quality brands to keep them refreshed and stay healthy. With the 2021 theme as “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow,” World Food Day, which is celebrated yearly on October 16, commemorates the date of the Read More

2021 WFD: Invest in livestock, horticulture, fisheries minister urges entrepreneurs

October 14, 2021 John Oba 0

As stakeholders in the agricultural sector continue day two activities of 2021 World Food Day, entrepreneurs and investors in Nigeria has been urged to invest in livestock, horticulture, fisheries and others to take Nigeria into self-sufficiency, food security, rich nutrition, and wealth creation along various value chains. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, stated this on Read More

NALDA land is not for RUGA – ES

October 12, 2021 John Oba 0

The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Prince Paul Ikonne, has debunked insinuations that lands donated for Integrated Farm Estates across the country would be used for RUGA. The NALDA boss said the Authority is not interested in taking over lands from the people but only concerned about youth empowerment and Food security. Read More

7,000 Ogun youth benefit from Anchor Borrowers scheme

September 27, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Over seven thousand youths in Ogun state have so far been empowered by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers’ agricultural programme through the cassava intervention project by the state government. This was contained in a statement by the chief press secretary to Ogun state governor, Kunle Somorin, at the weekend. Somorin said the agricultural project, tagged ‘Mega Ogun State Read More

Economy: Coalition stages rally, hails Buhari, Emefiele

September 22, 2021 Editor 0

Teaming members of Coalition of Civil Society Groups on Wednesday September 22, 2021, staged a solidarity rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele for their tact in handling Nigeria’s economy amidst global pandemic COVID-19. In his address during the rally held at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, Read More

We’re borrowing for the good of Nigerians, APC tells PDP

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has replied criticism by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its borrowing spree, saying the act “is for the good of the country.” In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party said unlike in the brazen looting days Read More

On the appointment of agric minister

September 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Whoever has insight on how powerful an “Executive” seat is, especially the office of the president, one will not doubt what President Muhammadu Buhari did recently by transferring former environment minister to the agriculture ministry. No one can question the legality of the action or the terms and conditions that warrant such transfer. In fact, one may even overlook it, Read More

Mahmood reels out plans as he takes over agric ministry

September 9, 2021 John Oba 0

The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Dr. Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, has officially taken over duty at the ministry. Signing the take over note, Abubakar said the priority of the Ministry under his leadership will be to ensure that the ministry have the necessary policy direction on ground that will truly position agriculture as the mainstay of Read More

Gidado clears misgivings about GMOs as Blueprint partners OFAB

August 27, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has raised concern over Nigerians’ attitude towards Genetically Modified Organisms produces, saying Science is being misunderstood. This is even as NABDA and Open Forum On Agricultural Biotechnology in Nigeria (OFAB) has indicated interest to partner Blueprint Newspaper in educating Nigerians on the benefits of science. The Country Coordinator, OFAB Nigeria chapter, Dr. Rose Suniso Read More